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Mama_of_3_Kids posted 4/30/2013 10:30 AM

I have a Windows 8 computer and I HATE it. Despite numerous other things I dislike about it, it currently will not open my PowerPoint presentation, when I try to download it from online or try to open it directly from the folder...if I first go into my MS PP 2010, it WILL open it. I tried downloading it onto Do3K computer (Win 7 and MS PP 2010) and it worked just fine, so it's not a problem with the project (rather it has to do with my computer). Suggestions on how to get the stupid thing to load so that I don't have to go out of my main screen to the Start screen, to get it to load?

MovingUpward posted 4/30/2013 10:32 AM

Does your new computer have the powerpoint program on it?

StillGoing posted 4/30/2013 10:41 AM

Under Control Panel go to Default Programs and make sure the ppp files are set to default with the PowerPoint app you want to open it with.

What is the error when you try to open it directly?

Amazonia posted 4/30/2013 11:32 AM

Sorry, I'm no help, but general rule of thumb with microsoft is to avoid every other OS they put out: XP was decent, Vista was garbage, 7 was good, 8 is horrible.

Sorry Mama! Hopefully you can get it resolved soon.

simplydevastated posted 4/30/2013 12:46 PM

Really? I loved Vista, and so far have not had any issues with 7 or 8.

Are you still getting the error, Mama? Can you paste it here?

Mama_of_3_Kids posted 4/30/2013 12:55 PM

Does your new computer have the powerpoint program on it?

Yep! I can open it *from* the PP program, b/c I created the project on my computer. But, if I try to open it from the internet (b/c I check all of my links after submitting to make sure everything works okay), it does not open.

It isn't really an "error" per say...it just won't open. When I try to open it from the internet, it will pop a little box that says something like, "Would you like to open in this default program?" with whatever default program it thinks I should use. If I click more options in the box, it only shows me other programs like Adobe or Google Chrome. It opens on Do3K's computer just fine, so the presentation itself is not the problem; it's the computer

I also HATED Vista...I bought a computer and a printer (that I was assured would be compatible with Vista). Guess what...printer was NOT compatible with Vista and I had a heck of a time finding one that was Come on Windows 9!!!

StillGoing posted 4/30/2013 13:16 PM

Yeah it really just sounds like it's not associated with PowerPoint. Go set it up under Default Programs in Control Panel.

I agree with Ama, XP was decent, Vista was a nightmare, 7 is okay, have shied away from 8. ME was a tangled mess of Slaaneshi filthcode and should never be mentioned in polite company.

Mama_of_3_Kids posted 4/30/2013 13:34 PM

I tried that and it didn't work I think I'm going to have to take it to my computer guy. Thanks for the tips though!

[This message edited by Mama_of_3_Kids at 1:35 PM, April 30th (Tuesday)]

Tred posted 4/30/2013 13:41 PM

You are trying to open it from a web browser? Is this via a hyperlink? If so, you may need to associate the MIME setting with .ppt extension to use Powerpoint to open it on the new computer. If you are using a browser, which one are you using?

LastChanceLarry posted 4/30/2013 13:55 PM

^^^ this.

The browser has it's own settings on how to handle different types of files. If you are trying to open the document from the web then this could change depending on which browser you use. Have you tried opening the document with a different browser like firefox or chrome?

~Larry

Mama_of_3_Kids posted 4/30/2013 14:16 PM

Currently using Chrome. I will try that when I get back from afternoon pick-up of the 3 kids

Mama_of_3_Kids posted 4/30/2013 18:29 PM

I tried Firefox and had the same results *sigh* I wish I were more Computer-y.

Dark Inertia posted 4/30/2013 18:34 PM

I am switching to Linux with my next computer. So excited. \^_^/

Mama_of_3_Kids posted 4/30/2013 18:35 PM

Now you sound like my computer guy

StillGoing posted 5/1/2013 07:19 AM

Steam has a native linux client now. Native L4D2, wooo.

If you use Ubuntu I strongly recommend using an alternate desktop because Unity is... I dunno it's like they hired somebody from MS and Apple each to work together to design the most annoying fucking thing in the world.

Sorry, carry on.

LastChanceLarry posted 5/1/2013 07:55 AM

It isn't really an "error" per say...it just won't open. When I try to open it from the internet, it will pop a little box that says something like, "Would you like to open in this default program?" with whatever default program it thinks I should use. If I click more options in the box, it only shows me other programs like Adobe or Google Chrome. It opens on Do3K's computer just fine, so the presentation itself is not the problem; it's the computer

Just re-read this part here, sorry i missed it earlier.. If you get that popup asking what program to use to open the file you should see a button to "browse". Click that and then go to the folder on your computer where office is installed, for office 2010 it's "C:\Program Files(x86)\Microsoft Office\Office 14". Look for "powerpnt" or "powerpnt.exe" and select that as the default program. There should also be a checkbox somewhere to say "always use this program as the default", make sure you have that selected. My windows 8 foo isn't too strong since i've been avoiding it until blue comes out so sorry if these instructions are a bit general. Let me know if you get hung up anywhere.

~Larry

Bobbi_sue posted 5/1/2013 09:20 AM

t/j
Windows 8 is the worst ever! From what I read about it, I think some of the guts of it are okay; it is speedier and perhaps more efficient in some ways, than previous OS.

But that does not matter at all when constant annoyances of accidentally clicking the wrong thing causes you to flip back and forth between that horrible tiled desktop and the "regular" desktop. And those of us who have been using computers for years expect use of this to be somewhat intuitive.

Instead you have to read the help menus just find out how to do things like shut your computer down!

It is sweet they want it more like what a tablet user with a touch screen might use. But how stupid. While MS might be losing ground in the computer world, their main and stable clients would be the millions working in offices that require a full desktop computer to do typical office tasks on (rather than mostly watching movies, reading forums, playing games, Facebook, and surfing the web) which can all be done nicely with a touch screen tablet.

I hope it is okay to mention this here since it is a free product and I won't share the link (you can search for it yourselves if you want it). There is a program called Windows Shell and if you put it on your Windows 8 computer, it will bring back your normal start button and program menu that you have been used to. It makes Windows 8 bearable for me. But I think that Microsoft truly shot themselves in the foot with this OS and IMO it is worse for every day usages than any of the previous Win ME, or Vista or whatever.

LastChanceLarry posted 5/1/2013 10:29 AM

Blue (windows 8.1) is supposed to bring back the traditional start button and a few other features that were "omitted" in the new OS. I've made it a habit not to jump into a new OS until after the first major update, fingers crossed that Blue will make Win8 enjoyable

~Larry

Mama_of_3_Kids posted 5/1/2013 11:50 AM

*sigh* I purchased the computer new, because I needed one for my business and for school...Win8 was my only option, otherwise I would have gone with a Win7 computer (I had to buy it on a payment plan and only select computers were available with it).

Thanks for the instructions, I will try that

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